During the good night talk Fr Tom shared quite an insightful thought. What attracted me most was this
No one goes to the gold mines looking for the dirt, though most of it is that
Rather everyone comes with a desire to find pure Gold…
The question is, send to the world of youth what am I looking for? I can live a life blaming everyone and everything for not being up to my expectations. But I should never forget the fact that there is a bit of gold in everyone and in every situation. Am I ready to look for it rather than blame the people and the situations.
Desire is something very fascinating to think about. I remember reading it is desire for something that keeps us going ahead when faced with unexplainable realities. One also should not forget the wise words of Buddha ‘desire is the cause of every suffering.’ Though miles apart the above mentioned ideas they have something beautiful in themselves.
Recently I came across this statement;
“Don’t seek to fulfill desire so much as to understand desire. And don’t just renounce the object of your desire, understand them; see them in their true light.”
Still pondering over the meaning…. I feel it has also lot to do with the understanding the difference between “need and desire” which Levinas makes in his philosophy.
How do we fast? What for do we take up fast on ourselves? Do we ever think of the way or rather the way the Lord wants us to do things? How does the Lord expect us to fast?
Isaiah, however makes it clear that we need to fast not merely from food and drinks and live a life unworthy of God’s Call. Rather we need to testify our fast in our actions and dealings with the Other. The renunciation of the body should help us to control our undue desires and the reactions. Our fasting is meaningless if it is done for the selfish motives. It is not valid if it does not become a source of support to the poor and needy.
God values attitudinal change rather than forced renunciation of something. However we need to acknowledge that the traditional understanding of fasting has its relevance and value.